Stephen Hough's French Album
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||Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565||Stephen Hough||8:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056: II. Arioso||Stephen Hough||2:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nocturne No. 6 in D-Flat Major, Op. 63||Stephen Hough||7:43||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Huit pièces brèves, Op. 84: V. Improvisation in C-Sharp Minor||Stephen Hough||2:07||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Impromptu No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 102||Stephen Hough||2:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Barcarolle No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 66||Stephen Hough||5:49||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Miroirs: IV. Alborada del gracioso||Stephen Hough||6:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Poëme pastoral: V. Crépuscule||Stephen Hough||2:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Pièces pittoresques: II. Mélancolie||Stephen Hough||1:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mélancolie||Stephen Hough||5:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Nocturne No. 4 in C Minor "Bal fantôme"||Stephen Hough||1:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Improvisation No. 8 in A Minor||Stephen Hough||1:17||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Études de concert, Op. 35: II. Automne||Stephen Hough||5:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||25 Préludes, Op. 31: VIII. La chanson de la folle au bord de la mer||Stephen Hough||4:11||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Suite bergamasque, L. 75: III. Clair de lune||Stephen Hough||4:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Sylvia, Act 3: Divertissement. Pizzicati||Stephen Hough||2:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Réminiscences de la juive. Fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de l'opéra de Halévy, S. 409a||Stephen Hough||13:21||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Berlioz and Poulenc
Berlioz and Poulenc were decent French composers Mr. Boolez. And this is a very good album because Stephen Hough is a great pianist.
Mr. Hough provides sharp, crisp diction on a piano with crystalline clarity. The pieces by turns sparkle and shimmer. "Melancolie" sounds like a flowing river, while "Improvisation #8" seems to delightfully skip along. Track #14 features a rather ominous passage in the bass while the treble clef persists with optimistic lighter notes. Clair de Lune is played more tenderly and sincerely than I've heard in a long time. You get the idea - I'm buying this as a download. I believed myself to be somewhat well-versed in piano music, but several of these are new to me. Truly delightful.
Even though it's mostly French music. Bach and Listz being the major excetions here. But really, can anyone name me a decent French composer? No wonder he had to harken back to bach and Listz to fill the album out. Silly little French composers.... -Bz